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A Saturday in the Life of a Four Year Old. "How many questions can I ask today daddy?"
Why does the water go up my nose?
It is humanly possible to ask 500 questions in one day. Trust me!
Let us just start with a list in no particular order because you do not get logical order with a 4 year old and follow up questions go like this:
Dad why do you clean the windows on the car?
Where do butterflies go to the bathroom?
Why do crows poo poo on the car?
Can I drive the car?
So if you are looking for a discussion you are sadly mistaken. And those four questions can be asked in less than two minutes while he has just spilled the water bucket on your feet. Let us put the lists in an order about what the questions are about. But keep in mind that on a Saturday there is much to be done and in short order you find yourself doing, laundry, washing things other, cooking, gardening, writing, shopping, and of course an endless stream of picking up and putting away. And do not forget the time building things, replacing batteries, reading and coloring and naps.
Let us start out with one that got asked at around nap time last Saturday. Daddy why did you go back to the garbage cans and scream aaggghhh at nothing? "well son sometimes daddy just goes crazy" ;-)
We must lighten up or lose it big time. We must love the little ones and cherish their youth.
Why do clothes get dirty?
Are white clothes different than black clothes?
You could put the socks together before you put them in the washer, right?
Why does the washer go round and round?
Why is the dryer hot? Why don't you put soap in the dryer?
Mommy says you love to fold laundry so why are you frowning?
Can I clean my race cars in the washer?
Why do clothes have to be dry all the time?
And we like to think of a wash time with music playing and the fresh scent of clean laundry and the sense of accomplishment and being ready for a new week? Forget about it with a four year old.
Now keep in mind that he has just pulled up a carrot washed it and eaten it. And he helped plant it and water it. And he asks; Dad where do carrots grow? Why are they green on top? Where do angels live? Where is cousin Peter?
Can I use the big rake to cut the roses?
Why don't you paint the fence?
Does my sand box have sand in it?
Do bees sting the flowers?
Why do worms live in the dirt?
Should we put sun screen on the squash?
Everything is a field trip.
I can do it myself!
Can I push the cart?
Why is peanut butter brown?
Why is a gallon of milk so big?
What are apples?
Those tomatoes are bad they have sticks on them.
How come our carrots do not come in bags?
Can I have that? (pointing at a shelf with 1,000 items)
Can I have that? (pointing at the pretty beer bottles)
Can I have that? (pointing at knives and cleavers)
Can I have that? (pretty box filled with sugar and just enough grain to call it cereal)
Can we get that for mommy? (pointing at a squirt gun)
There is always sunset and rest for Sunday to start up again.
Just how many?
How many questions could you answer in just one day?
Now take it easy tax enforcers I work in my office and I pay my bills by working and I need that space and I have a right to write it however into a cost of doing business. The mere fact that my 4 year old invades it and builds castles there and is my superintendent does not change that fact. Heck look at this hub I am writing, it is about the 4 year old and this is business.
Dad what are you doing?
Dad can I type on the puter?
Dad can you put on my music?
Dad will you look at my drawing?
Dad help me won't you?
Dad is that a picture of me?
Dad is that boring?
Dad can I have a pencil?
Dad why is there a fan in your office?
Dad DAD why do you have ear plugs in?!
Well let me tell you something -- my boy has a voice -- Yahoo!!!
A big thanks for coming along with me and my boy. We really love life here in La Casa Salvado II.
That name come from my dad, who answered so many of my questions. Let us bless our children and hold our tongue and do our best, let them be 3 or 30. All of the questions here are real from just one weekend and camp crazy. Hopefully starting tomorrow afternoon we will have 100 more and so on and so on.
I now have older children and I find myself asking: What are you doing? When will I see you? How are you? How is the love life? How is work? and ...........
Love is what flows through if it is given half a chance. Be good to yourselves and your children and your parents.
Always question authority!
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